6 Reasons to Provide Feedback to Employees

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Feedback is a change mechanism, and if there is one thing we know workers desire, it is to grow and change for the better. Employers and line managers must offer feedback to employees in order for them to improve and perform at their best. It is a must-have tool for any small-business management.

What exactly is feedback?

In an organizational environment, feedback is information given to an individual or group concerning their performance of a task or set of tasks that comprise their job position. When an environment reacts to an activity or behavior, this is referred to as feedback. There are numerous sorts of feedback in the workplace. ‘Operational feedback’ refers to information created internally on a company’s performance that may be filtered down to an individual’s performance. Similarly, responses to stimuli like as praise or criticism are called feedback since they may cause a change in the recipient’s behavior.

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Almost a quarter of employees (23%) only receive feedback from their management once a year during their evaluations, while more than one-fifth (21%) never receive input from their manager. The lack of structure around feedback is aggravated further by the fact that only 20% of small business employees receive feedback when they want it. Despite the fact that it has been highlighted as a crucial channel for change, the number of small firms who do not offer enough, if any, feedback is startling.

Why you should provide feedback to your staff

Here are six strong reasons to provide feedback to your staff.

#1 Initiates a conversation

The act of providing feedback initiates a conversation between you and your staff. Knowing that you are truthful with them and that they can talk to you aids in the development of trust with your employees and colleagues. In doing so, you leave the door open for your employees to approach you to talk further, whether that is socially or about any issues at work for example, both of which are positive.

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#2 It is a tool for continuous learning

Not all of us are always correct. Giving constructive comments to your employees to let them know where they may improve assists in their personal growth, which we know is vital to them. Accepting input from an employee, on the other hand, helps you to improve as a leader and manager, which will benefit you in the long term.

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#3 It is desired by your staff

According to the Breathe research, feedback is crucial to employees, with 75% stating that personal growth is important to them. Which would not be feasible without comments. Office Vibe also discovered that 65 percent of employees desire more feedback, which is reason enough to provide feedback to your staff.

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#4 It is inspirational.

Positive feedback is usually welcomed by your staff. It is beneficial for them to understand what they are doing correctly, since this might drive them to do it again or strive for greater success. Receiving constructive criticism is also motivating since it tells your staff exactly what they need to do to meet that goal and better in the future.

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#5 Demonstrates employee worth

Feedback, both good and negative, reassures employees that what they are doing is important. It is critical for them to understand that their contribution is recognized not just by their immediate management, but also plays a role in the overall success of the firm. Nobody likes to waste their time doing something that isn’t meaningful or helpful, so it’s critical to provide feedback not only when things are going well, but also when there is space for improvement.

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#6 Makes everything more clear

Developing a practice of providing frequent feedback is critical to ensure that you and your staff are on the same page when it comes to assignments, work, and projects. By offering regular feedback during a project, for example, everyone on the team will know if the project is on track or if someone else’s experience may be used. Feedback should not be a one-way street. Managers should also welcome employee input. If an employee needs training or has a problem, they should be able to communicate with their management so that they may take action on their behalf.

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Final Thoughts

Giving feedback to your staff is an important element of being a manager since it may result in good change. Personal growth is important to three-quarters of the small company workforce in the United States, and feedback plays an important role in attaining that. Your staff will be unable to progress in your workplace unless you know what they are doing correctly and incorrectly, making feedback critical to your small business.